Here we have some indepth interviews with Mums in the Balearics who share their experiences of childbirth, schooling and life on the islands.
"You will never be one of the local moms, no matter how much you want to fit in, you need to understand that you will always be different, and you are. The tendency for the “english kids” to be considered a separate entity is highly probable. Its no ones fault, you will just naturally congregate towards people who speak your own language." (LH, Dec 2011)
"Its an amazing place to bring up children! It has a bit of everything and people from everywhere. Though if someone has only been here in the summer months, they should try a winter first as it is very different. Many prefer it but many find it difficult because it is quiet. But you cant beat being on the beach (clothes on)after school in mid february...and most of the winter....bar a few snowy weeks we had this winter!" (GW, March 2012)
"In the UK two of my babies were home births and I really don’t like medicalisation of childbirth. Here they are very keen to interfere as much as possible so it really wasn’t for me. They are also rather old fashioned in their approach. I discharged myself two hours after he was born, after I’d had dinner of course! I would have liked a home birth but the only private midwife on the island at the time was on holiday when I was due. I made a Spanish birth plan which they totally ignored and even kept the porter in the delivery room while I was giving birth!! Very strange." (HW, Jan 2013)
"Initially, I didnt start with Kids in Ibiza to make any profit. The idea was to provide a multilingual information source for parents about what and where to do things with kids in Ibiza since there was none. It turned into a business when we reacted to our visitors needs. I believe I have a good gestoria that advices me well and as im fluent in Spanish setting it up as a business has been ok. I did find it much harder than in Germany though, where they seem to be making peoples lives much easier than here when setting up a business. Here the first thing you hear is how much youll have to pay everywhere." (CB, Nov 2011)
"I personally would feel embarrased if I didn’t speak the language so I learnt the language first to ensure that I could integrate fully with everyone otherwise you close your circles and don’t grow or fit in so .. I highly recommend that you learn the lingo!!" (SH, Nov 2010)
"..children grow up with open minds, and are more accepting to change and different ways of life. Great sense of freedom, especially where we live, children can spend time outdoors in a safe environment." (AT, Nov 2010)
"I had my babies at Cinica Rotger - private hospital in the center of Palma. Epidural or nothing. On the birthing table lying down - no choice. The proud father to be sat in the waiting room reading the newspaper until the very last scream! Ante natal lessons all in local language - mallorquian - didnt understand a word. Had a nun try to teach me how to breast feed - what a laugh! Post natal a visit to the docs!" (KN, Dec 2009)
"You have to get used to a different pace of life - children frustrated with not having internet quickly or general laid-back attitude, initially. After a year it became easier and now enjoying life here." (JW, April 2010)
"The greatest area in need of improvement, in my experience so far here, has to be in the postnatal care. It is usually assumed that you have family here to help, and you are pretty much left to it." (NA, April 2010)
"300 sunny days per annum, the vast array of outdoor activities and sporting activities available to everyone within a short distance. The importance of the family. The safety for the children and relative security." (MG, April 2010)
"Here in Mallorca everything seems so much more medical. I had scans every 4 weeks and when I went to hospital in labour, I had to lie in bed and wasn’t allowed to move or have anything to drink. I also found it a little hard when my son was born because my boyfriend only had 1 night off work so felt a little overwhelmed being here away from friends and family!" ( HT, Sept 2010)
"Therever I have lived with an international or expat community people come and people go...but on an island I wonder if this will be even more. Many people I have met work within the yachting industry so often live transient lives." (LMB, March 2014)
Having planned her own wedding on the island in 2004, Gemma Bowman relocated to Ibiza permanently to set up Ibiza Wedding, a bespoke wedding planning service. Gemma, who lives on the white isle with her husband and 2 children, talks to MumAbroad about relocating to Ibiza and daily life on the island.
Mother of 2 boys, Glynis German, half Jamaican and half Welsh has been living in Binissalem since 1992. Glynis is a self-anointed hippy high priestess who uses values as the base from which to build on in all areas of her life. She is a wedding celebrant, a stand up comedienne and has her own radio show “The Happiness Café” on Mallorca Sunshine Radio 106.1FM.